August, 26 2022

⚖️ Affidavit Released

The Justice Department released a heavily redacted affidavit that was used to obtain a warrant to raid Mar-a-Lago to search for classified documents that former president Donald Trump withheld from the National Archives.

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🍿 Fantastic Four Finds a Director

Marvel may have found the director for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Matt Shakman is a veteran TV director who helmed WandaVision for the studio and has directed for TV shows like Game of Thrones and Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The movie is slated to come out in 2024.

⚡️ Moderna Sues Pfizer

Moderna is suing Pfizer, alleging that Pfizer violated Moderna's patents for the mRNA technology that the Covid-19 vaccine is built on. Moderna says that in making their Covid-19 vaccine using mRNA technology, Pfizer violated patents filed by Moderna from 2010-2016.

💻 Fallout From the Twilio Hack Continues

In an update about the far-reaching impacts of a hack into Twilio earlier this month, Twilio revealed that the hackers also accessed the accounts of some Authy users. The hackers were able to access the accounts of 93 users and registered new devices to generate login codes for accounts that used two-factor authentication.

🍿 It's Britney!

Britney Spears is back on the charts thanks to Hold Me Closer, a collaboration between the star and Elton John. The song mixes John's hits Tiny Dancer and The One and integrates Spears's vocals. It's her first new music since 2016.

🍿 Warner Bros. Executives Meet With Ezra Miller

Warner Bros. film chairs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy met with Ezra Miller, the controversial star of the upcoming film, The Flash. The meeting comes after the star's escalating, erratic behavior over the last two years caught attention online and threw the fate of the DC film up in the air. Miller was reportedly coaxed to the meeting and decided to issue a public apology for their sometimes violent behavior after it was reported that Warner Bros. was considering canceling the film's release.

🍿 Even More Houses With Even More Dragons

HBO's spinoff prequel to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, was renewed for a second season. The series premiere is the most watched tv-premiere for an HBO original series, and the audience has doubled since its debut.

💻 Meta Launches New Headset

Mark Zuckerberg confirmed rumors that Meta will launch the newest VR headset in October. He told podcaster Joe Rogan that \"Project Cambria\" will have a host of new features that take the user deeper into virtual reality than ever before.

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💻 Off to New Horizons

The VP of Horizon, a key component of the Metaverse, is leaving Meta. After a difficult week for Meta, Vivek Sharma is leaving Horizon for an unknown opportunity. A screenshot of Mark Zuckerberg's avatar in Horizon sparked a meme movement with social media users mocking the avatar's soulless appearance.

💻 Uh Oh 0ktapus

Security researchers have unveiled the scale of the hacking scheme known by the nickname \"0ktapus,\" which breached 130 organizations by phishing employees for login credentials. The hack breached companies like Twilio and Cloudflare and targeted Coinbase, AT&T, and others. The hackers stole the login credentials from 10,000 individuals in the scheme, which began in March 2022.

💻 LastPass Hack Confirmed

LastPass revealed that an unauthorized agent accessed some of the password manager's source code. The CEO assured customers that they found no evidence that the hacker had access to users' passwords and there was no action necessary. He also confirmed that the company would continue to monitor its code for changes.

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Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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